Craig Vetter is one of those guys that just keeps trying things to see how they work and his latest project is designing and building a new fairing for a trip to Alaska on the Alcan Highway, calling it, as you might expect, the Alcan Fairing.
Step back for a minute to the previous posts about the Honda GL1000. When that bike was introduced, one of the first accessories mounted by many owners was a Vetter Windjammer fairing. Craig Vetter and Honda actually worked very closely during those early years of the Gold Wing, as Vetter details on his site, and the Windjammer design influenced the fairings Honda produced over the years. The Windjammer, as Vetter states, was designed to fit every motorcycle, you just needed the appropriate mounting hardware, and, with hundreds of thousands of Windjammers sold, he did a pretty good job hitting the target.
Fast forward to today, things have changed quite a bit, and Vetter is once again designing a fairing which he wants to fit as many motorcycles as possible. The Alcan fairing is made of aluminum for strength. He wants rugged durability, utility and ease of maintenance, he wants to be able to change the headlight at WalMart and, of course, he wants it to keep him warm and dry.
The fairing looks pretty good mounted to a Kawasaki KLR and a BMW GS650. They’re also testing it on a Yamaha V-Star, considerably different in size and shape. It looks very functional. With the upcoming Alaska trip, he should know fairly soon if the new design works as intended. Where it goes from there, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
I like seeing the work Vetter does, grinding away on a design to get the shape right, you get the impression a lot of people could do this sort of thing and they probably could, the problem is they never get started, Vetter just jumps in and starts building. I like that.
Link: Craig Vetter